Texas Tech University students win prestigious international award

Texas Tech University students have been recognized by the Benjamin A. Gilman International Fellowship Program since 2012. Through the Gilman Program, which is administered by the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the United States Department of State, Texas Tech has was cited for its success in increasing the number of students sent abroad, showing the strongest growth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students abroad.

This year, 12 Texas Tech students were selected to receive this highly competitive international award.

“We are proud of the many Red Raiders who received a Gilman Fellowship this year,” said Whitney Longnecker, director of overseas studies at Texas Tech’s Office of International Affairs (OIA). “This prestigious award allows students with limited financial means to participate in a study abroad program, which students may not be able to do without the award. Awards like the Gilman Scholarship allow Texas Tech to ensure that study abroad is a reality for all students, regardless of background or finances.

Established in 2001, the Gilman program aims to increase the US student body studying and doing internships abroad by offering scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise attend. More than 1,300 US institutions have sent more than 28,000 Gilman researchers to nearly 150 countries around the world.

Trenity Wall was one of 12 awarded students at Texas Tech this year.

“I chose to study abroad in Spain because I am currently pursuing a degree in Spanish and wanted to be able to immerse myself more in the language,” Wall said. “I also wanted to broaden my vision of the world and get involved in a culture different from mine. The Texas Tech University Center in Seville was the perfect place to achieve both of these goals.

This year, many recipients have adjusted their travel plans due to COVID-19. Some students will travel abroad to countries deemed safe, others will participate in a hybrid experience, while others will experience study abroad virtually.

Texas Tech has been recognized as a leader among U.S. higher education institutions in making international studies and internships more accessible and inclusive for students of all backgrounds. The university has more than 50 study abroad sites, two international campuses and more than 300 study abroad programs.

Studying abroad helps students develop their resumes and develop their professional skills. It also cultivates a global consciousness.

“I think every student should study abroad in order to better understand what makes each culture unique and how together they make up our diverse world,” Wall said. “We cannot understand another culture until we are there. “

This year’s Texas Tech Gilman Fellows and their study abroad destinations are:

• Allyson Bird, Paris, France

• Andrew Mares, Barcelona, ​​Spain

• Arish Lalani, Rome, Italy

• Elizabeth Wilson, Florence, Italy

• Haley Caswell, Seville, Spain

• Juanita Benjamin, Tokyo, Japan

• Kelli Margozewitz, San José, Costa Rica

• Litzy Guzman-Lopez, Australia

• Samuel Adetunji, Nicosia, Cyprus

• Sophie Riojas, Seville Spain

• Trenity Wall, Seville, Spain

• Zoe Kirkland, Prague, Czech Republic

The total investment received by Texas Tech students in this latest round of Gilman scholarships was $ 50,000.

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